10 Easy Ideas to Aid Relaxation and Stress ReductionYoga Lady

  1. Listen to calm music – Playing calm music can lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
  2. Call a friend – Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle.
  3. Talk yourself through it – Just tell yourself what you have to do to complete the task and that everything will be OK.
  4. Eat right – Try eating fruits and vegetables, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Laugh it off – Laughter releases endorphins to improve mood and decrease levels of stress-causing hormones.
  6. Try tea – Try green tea. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants and theanine, an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system.
  7. Be mindful – From yoga and tai chi to meditation and Pilates, these systems of mindfulness incorporate physical and mental exercises.
  8. Exercise – Getting up and moving releases endorphins and can improve your mood almost instantaneously.
  9. Sleep better – Make it a point to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. It may be the most effective stress buster on our list.
  10. Breathe easy – While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.

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